Mountain Currant Tree
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Mountain Currant Tree
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Mountain Currant Tree • Kannada: ಬಾವಿನ ಸೊಪ್ಪು bavina soppu, ಕದಿರು ಸಪ್ಪು kadiru sappu, ಕಡಿವಾಳ ಸೊಪ್ಪು kadivala soppu • Malayalam: നെയ്‌ത്താലി neyththaali • Marathi: अंबट ambat • Tamil: நெரளைதாளி neralaitali • Telugu: నక్క గదము nakka-gadamu • Tulu: ಬಾಪುಥ ತಪ್ಪು baputha thappu Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Antidesma montanum    Family: Phyllanthaceae (Amla family)
Synonyms: Antidesma pubescens var. menasu, Antidesma menasu

Mountain Currant Tree is a tree about 10 m tallm with thin flaky bark in old trees. Branchlets are cylindrical, velvety. Alternately arranged leaves, 8-22 x 2.5-7.7 cm, are usually oblong to elliptic or oblanceolate, tip gradually pointed with a sharp point. Base is acute to rounded simple, Stipules occur in pairs, linear-lanceshaped, pointed, 1.2 cm long, Leaf stalk is 0.25-1.2 cm long. Flowers are borne in racemes in leaf axils or at the end of branches. Flowers are unisexual - clusters of flowers in male distant than in female. Drupe is elliptic, somewhat oblique, turning red; seed 1.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed en route to Matheran, Maharashtra.

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